Effective participation should lead to a better fit between the needs of children, young people and their families and the services offered. This means children, young people and parents feel that they co-own strategies and plans made at all levels.
Somerset’s Engagement and Participation Team have been in place since April 2015. Since this date the team have:
- Recruited 4 Young Person's Champions and delivered a supported transition from the first champions to the next two.
- Developed a youth forum called the “Unstoppables” which meets monthly and have worked on a variety of consultation projects including the Local Offer, Shortbreaks publications and Community grant funded projects.
- The Young Person’s Champions co-produced and co-delivered at the SEND annual conferences 2015 and 2016 to over 160 practitioners, parent carers and young people at each event.
- The team continue to map and visit existing Somerset SEND young people's groups and schools to build networks for future consultations.
There is a coordinated approach for participation within Somerset which aims to ensure we listen to the views of all children and young people in the county to inform decision making and commissioning across services for children and young people.
To get in touch with the team, please email SENDParticipationTeam@somerset.gov.uk
'Top Tips Poster' - Top Tips for working with children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.
'SEND Participation Team Annual Report 2015-2016' - The team created this document to report their journey from April 2015 - April 2016, focusing on some key events that have taken place over this year.
'Engagement and Participation Strategy' - This document shows what will happen as a result of the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) reforms.
Summary slides providing an overview of the key messages and content from the Young Person Engagement video produced by Somerset County Council.